Conservationists have combined their technical efforts with an exhibition exploring the history of the map, the World's Fair and the pop art movement at the Queens Museum of Art. The exhibition lasts from Jan. 27 to May 4."We're in the original New York City Pavilion building, and we're in the World's Fair grounds, so we're very much tied to that legacy," said Krista Saunders, spokesperson for the museum. "We feel invested in the conservation process."The undertaking is also of personal interest to Frank Matero, a professor of design at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the exhibit.Matero grew up in Brooklyn and saw the map firsthand at the World's Fair."I remember the map very much," he said. "The fair was a marvel for any 11-year-old."After getting a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a research team removed 10 of the weathered terrazzo tiles that comprise the map. The tiles, all from Long Island, will be carefully preserved in a laboratory area within the exhibit.The exhibit also includes photographs comparing the map's condition in 1964, the '90s and the present day, as well as a photo mosaic of the map in its current state by artist Anthony Auerbach, who documented the entire surface of the terrazzo map from a height of seven feet. As the photographs and the tiles themselves show, decades of neglect, weather and vandalism have taken their toll."This is in worse condition than many ancient pavings," Matero said. He emphasized the fact that the tiles cannot be restored to their original condition - only spared from further deteriorat
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